Government cries wolf

This week, the Yukon kicked off a string of community meetings on its plans to revamp its aging Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

This week, the Yukon kicked off a string of community meetings on its plans to revamp its aging Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

The plan was prepared in 1994. It was supposed to have been reviewed in five years. Instead, it’s taken 18.

The review is being held at the behest of hunters, who have long blamed wolves for declining populations of moose, caribou and sheep.

Expect a noisy public debate to soon pick up over whether the Yukon government should revive its old practice of killing or sterilizing wolves.

The six-member review committee held its first meeting on Thursday evening in Beaver Creek. Tonight, a meeting will be held in Burwash.

Meetings will be held in Teslin on February 22, Haines Junction on February 28, Watson Lake on March 2, Old Crow on March 8, Carmacks on April 11, Pelly Crossing on April 12, Mayo on April 13, Ross River and Faro on April 18, Dawson City on April 19, Carcross on April 27 and Whitehorse on April 28.

For background material, visit www.yukonwolfplan.ca.